Conservation. Species-rich Acid Grassland sites in Barnsley are small in area, localised and fragmented; with some being lost or declining in condition: Acid Grassland is a priority for conservation.
Factors causing loss or decline
The Dark Peak SSSI in Barnsley includes acid grassland with some protection through this designation.
The Acid Grassland sites in Local Wildlife Sites have a presumption against development or change of use when planning consent is required.
Specific wildlife species in grassland habitats are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. This includes intentionally or recklessly disturbing birds at, on or near an ‘active’ nest.
Good management practice for biodiversity:
Maintaining or returning to traditional low-intensity farming of semi-natural unimproved or semi-improved acid grassland.
Links for advice and information
RSPB: Grazing grassland
Buglife: Acid grassland management
Acid Grassland BAP priority habitat in favourable condition is denoted by:
≥ One frequent and three occasional Acid Grassland indicator species
< 5% undesirable species eg dock, nettle, thistle, ragwort , rosebay willowherb, …
< 20% bracken; < 5% scrub/bramble, encroachment
< 20% coarse grasses eg Cock’s-Foot, Yorkshire Fog.
< 10% bare ground.
From Farm Environment Plan guidance
Acid Grassland Conservation
See also guidance and requirements
for Countryside Stewardship and
New Environmental Land Management Schemes